Prayer Guide

For God alone I patiently wait; he is the one who delivers me.

[Ps 62:1 NET]

Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,

As the swift seasons roll!

Leave thy low-vaulted past!

Let each new temple, nobler than the last,

Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,

Till thou at length art free,

Leaving thine outgrown shell by life’s unresting sea!

~ Oliver Wendell Holmes ~

We all live in the sublime. Where else can we live? That is the only place of life. Though you have but a little room, do you fancy that God is not there, too, and it is impossible to live therein a life that shall be somewhat lofty? Do you imagine that you can possibly be alone, that love can be a thing one knows, a thing one sees; that events can be weighed like the gold and silver of ransom?

~ Maurice Maeterlinck ~

Loving Father, help me to live, that my spirit may always dwell in thy protecting love. Amen.

Jesus Lives

HOPE

Be steadfast and patient in suffering. Affliction is a largely unappreciated gift among My children. Decades of “health and wealth” teaching have obscured the benefits of suffering. As a result, a secular worldview that despises pain and sorrow has infiltrated the church.

When painful circumstances are weighing you down, I encourage you to rejoice and exult in hope: to leap joyously upward. Although physical jumping is sometimes impossible or inappropriate, your soul can leap upward at any time. As you lift your soul to Me in hopeful anticipation, My showers of Joy fall upon and within you. The longer and more expectantly you wait in My Presence, the more abundantly I can bless you. One way to enhance this transaction is to lift your wide-open arms up toward Me—as if you were celebrating a triumphant moment in your life. This posture expresses exultant Joy, and I respond by filling your soul with more Joy. This puts you on an upward spiral of rejoicing. If you want to verbalize your jubilation, one of the best ways is to speak, sing, or shout: “Hallelujah!”

Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.

[Romans 12:12]

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

[Romans 15:13]

Rejoice the soul of Your servant, for to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

[Psalm 86:4]

After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God. . . .”

[Revelation 19:1]

Jesus Calling

THE CHOICE TO BE BOLD rests on your confidence that I am with you and for you. Remember that I am a God of surprises: I am not limited by the way things are or by the paltry possibilities you can see. With Me all things are possible!

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

[JOSHUA 1: 9]

Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

[MATTHEW 19:26 NKJV]

Also read: LAMENTATIONS 3:25–26 NKJV

Before You Turn Out the Light…

I will increase your strength and your courage when you look to Me. Refuse to grow discouraged.

Blessings

The one whose appetite is satisfied loathes honey, but to the hungry mouth every bitter thing is sweet.

[Prov 27:7 NET]

Afflictions, trials, and sorrows are very bitter things. And they must needs be bitter, for God never meant that they should be otherwise. When he takes the rod, it is to make it felt; and when he brings trouble on his children, it is that they may smart under it. Our text therefore does not, I believe, mean that the “bitter thing” is sweet when it is taken, for then it would cease to be bitter; but it is sweet on account of the blessed nourishment that is brought to the soul out of it.

I remember reading, many years ago, the travels of Franklin to the North Pole; and a very interesting book it is naturally. But there is one incident mentioned in it which just strikes my mind. In wandering over the snows of the polar regions there was no food to be gotten for weeks, except a lichen or kind of moss that grew upon the rocks, and that was so exceedingly bitter, (something like “Iceland moss,”) that it could only be taken with the greatest disgust; and yet upon that Franklin and his companions lived. They had no alternative; they must either eat that or die. But that bitter moss became sweet after it had passed their palates; for it had a nutriment in it which kept their bodies alive.

And thus many of God’s people, who have endured the most dreadful trials, have afterwards found nutriment to spring out of them. What bitter things are God’s reproofs and rebukes in the conscience! And yet who would be without them? I appeal to you who fear God, whether you would deliberately choose never to experience marks of divine disapprobation, and never feel the frowns of God’s anger at any time when you go wrong? I believe in my conscience that you whose hearts are tender in God’s fear would say, “Lord, let me have your frowns; for if I have not your frowns and a conscience to feel them, what sins would I not recklessly plunge into? Where would not my wicked nature carry me, if I had not your solemn reproofs!” These very rebukes then become sweet, not in themselves, nor at the time, but because of the solid profit that comes out of them.

Quiet Time

You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.

[1 Pet 1:23 NET]

The Word abideth. The Jew hated it but it lived on, while the veil was torn away from the shrine which the Shekinah had forsaken, and while Jerusalem itself was destroyed. The Greek derided it but it has seen his philosophy effete and his Acropolis in ruins. The Romans threw it into the flames but it rose from its ashes, and swooped down upon the falling eagle. The reasoner cast it into the furnace, which his own negligence had heated “seven times hotter than its wont” but it came out without the smell of fire. The formalist fastened serpents around it to poison it but it shook them off and felt no harm. The infidel cast it overboard in a tempest of sophistry and sarcasm but it rode gallantly upon the crest of the proud waters. And it is living still yet heard in the loudest swelling of the storm it has been speaking all the while it is speaking now!

~ Punshon ~

Believer’s Daily Treasure

Benefits of Affliction — Brings Us Back to God

Therefore, I will soon fence her in with thorns; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way. Then she will pursue her lovers, but she will not catch them; she will seek them, but she will not find them. Then she will say, “I will go back to my husband, because I was better off then than I am now.”

[Hos 2:6-7 NET]

Long unafflicted, undismay’d,

In pleasure’s path secure I stray’d:

Thou madest me feel thy chastening rod,

And straight I turned unto my God.